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Four Teens Beat Calgary Woman While Shouting Anti-Gay Slurs

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An attack on a 17-year-old lesbian in Calgary, Canada is being investigated as a hate crime, CTV reports:

The 17-year-old lesbian was jumped late Thursday night, shortly after getting off a transit bus near her home.

The victim says a group of four teenagers attacked her, punching and kicking her several times, while using homophobic slurs.

She says one of the attackers recorded the beating on his phone.

“(I’m) pretty shaken up, it's hard not to be scared,” says the victim.  “This is my neighborhood and I’ve always felt safe in it and now I don't. I've had people throw things at me and play ‘pick on the lesbian on the bus’, and put gum in my hair but nobody has physically assaulted me until now.”

The victim says she has a black eye swollen so tight she can hardly open it, a split lip, her mouth and forehead are cut open.

Watch a video report on the attack HERE.


Virgin Mobile Ad Pulled Down, 'Too Provocative' for Calgary

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UPDATE and CORRECTION: Virgin Mobile Canada has contacted from us. According to them the tip I received on this was incorrect and the only ads that ran in Calgary were the heterosexual ones. Two of them were pulled down however. Apologies for the error.

In December I posted about this ad campaign from Virgin Mobile Canada. It's being pulled from bus stops in Calgary for fear the children might see it. A similarly-themed, heterosexual ad will remain on the bus stops:

"Calgary Transit will remove two of three ads after 'several' customers found them offensive, spokesman Ron Collins said yesterday. A third Virgin Mobile ad, which features a man and woman kissing with his hand on her clothed thigh, has been deemed acceptable and will remain, said Collins. 'The two that we've removed were a little bit too provocative,' he said. Virgin Mobile spokesman Nathan Rosenberg said the company is surprised by the reaction. 'It's quite interesting for us because these are the sorts of images people are bombarded with every day,' he said.' We don't think that we're actually doing anything that encourages people not to express their love in a healthy relationship or in a healthy kind of way.'"

I can't seem to find the straight image from the campaign online - can anyone point us to it?

UPDATE: The ad that will remain up, below. Thanks readers.

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Gay Rights Groups Question Calgary Mayor's Tourism Comments

Some gay rights groups in Calgary are questioning remarks made by incumbent mayor Dave Bronconnier on Tuesday at a mayoral debate.

BronconnierAccording to the Calgary Herald, "During a mayoral debate at Mount Royal College, an audience member complained that Tourism Calgary, which receives funding from the city, had earlier this year promoted Calgary as a travel destination for gays and lesbians."

Bronconnier responded: "I hear your lifestyle question and that's not something I can condone, but Tourism Calgary, they have their marketing. Would it have been my choice for an article? Probably not."

After objection from gay rights groups, Bronconnier clarified the comments: "Her question was why are my tax dollars going to market this. She actually had the ad in her hand. I defended Tourism Calgary's right to market our city to all groups, including people who are gay, so it's sort of a trumped-up matter, in my view."

Some, like Naheed Nenshi of the Better Calgary Campaign, were troubled that the mayor would not immediately embrace the idea of gay and lesbian visitors to come to the city: "If he had thought about it for three minutes, he wouldn't have said that, but because that was his knee-jerk reaction, to me, that is quite troubling."

Tamrin Hildebrand, executive director of Calgary LGBT group OutLink, had other issues with the remarks: "Our current mayor said in a public debate that he does not approve of this 'lifestyle.' To me, lifestyle implies choice and being a lesbian was not a choice - the only choice to be made was whether or not to accept it and 'come out.'"

Gay rights groups troubled by mayor's remarks [calgary herald]


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